Athletes can earn a lot of money, very, very large sums. Some of them earn upwards of a hundred million dollars every year. The world’s richest athletes can actually pay an entire minor league in some countries with their yearly salaries and still have enough for themselves.

So, who are the world’s richest athletes?

Vince McMahon

Wait, how is McMahon an athlete? He used to be a wrestler in the WWE. He then inherited the company to become one of the most successful owners in the history of sports. His net worth is 2.2 billion dollars. Professional wrestling in the United States owes a lot of gratitude to Vince McMahon. While his wrestling career was impressive, his career as an owner is much more so.

Ion Tiriac

People expect other, more famous names to appear on the list and they certainly will, but not before Ion Tiriac, a retired Romanian professional ice hockey and tennis player. After ending a successful tennis career, Tiriac started a private bank, leasing services, car retail stores, insurance and many other businesses. He is an avid collector of cars, specifically expensive, luxury cars from Rolls Royce, Mercedes, Jaguar, Porsche, and Ferrari. His estimated net worth is 2 billion dollars.

Michael Jordan

A professional NBA player for the Chicago Bulls, then baseball player, then NBA player again, now owner of the Charlotte Hornets. He has had such a successful career that people have been calling him the best basketball player of all time. He even got to play basketball with Bugs Bunny, an achievement other athletes cannot brag about. His estimated net worth is 1.7 billion dollars.

Michael Schumacher

The Formula One star, Schumacher, multiple winner, actually, is obviously worth a lot of money. His professional career was amazing, winning 5 championships in a row and a total of 7 which is still a record. He is one of the best racers of all time, ending his career in 2012. He had an unlucky skiing accident in 2013, which left him in a coma for 6 months. He is still recovering from that accident. His net worth is 800 million dollars.

Tiger Woods

He is such a prominent name, that even people who do not watch or care about golf know who Tiger Woods is. Even after a long break, Woods came back in 2018 to compete again, showing his experience and prowess and why he is regarded as such a great player. His net worth is also 800 million dollars. He one of the highest paid athletes, year after year, despite the many football and hockey stars out there.

These are some of the richest athletes in the world, although there are many more, but these are clearly the richest.